If you are building a drag car that is going to have a 4-link or ladder bars, or even a pro touring machine that is going to have something completely custom out back, then starting with a whole car can sometimes feel like a waste. After cutting out the floors, trunk, wheel tubs, firewall, and trans tunnel you then have the fun job of cleaning up all those cuts before you can even think about starting on chassis construction within it. Not anymore! The guys at Real-Deal Steel have been building completely new First-Gen Camaro, Tri-Five Chevy, Chevy II/Nova, and ’40 Ford bodies for the last few years, but now you can get them without all the way!
For now just the Camaro bodies are available this way, but soon you’ll be able to get the Tri-Five and Nova bodies this way as well. You can even get them with the roof skin fitted but not welded so that you can more easily weld the top of the cage! This is pretty genius if you ask us. And since some folks are now requiring stock roof and quarters and all that so that Pro Mod cars aren’t competing in their classes, this would make that problem go away and you could still build it like a Pro Mod. Just sayin.
Here is all the info from Real-Deal Steel.
The bodies come without firewalls, floors and other body pieces that would need to be removed before builders can use the steel bodies with full tube chassis. These lower-cost, new-steel bodies come with quarter panels, top skin and drip rails, rear deck filler and rear body panel installed. The body also comes with trunk hinges, inner and outer rockers and door-hinge A pillars and top cowl plenum.
As an option, the roof panel can be fitted but not welded to allow easier cage installation.
Later this year, similar bare bones bodies will be offered for 1955-1957 Chevys and 1966-1967 Chevy II Nova two-door hardtops.
If you want to check them out yourself, they will be at the SEMA Show in about 10 days in booth (24191 in the Restoration Marketplace)